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Hugo August "Hap" Gruenberg WWI archive, 1917-1972

Identifier: 1991-008

Scope and Contents

Consists of the personal ephemera and photographs of Private 1st Class Hugo A. "Happy" Gruenberg of Ambulance Company 167, 117th Sanitary Train, 42nd (Rainbow) Division, American Expeditionary Forces.

The personal ephemera includes Gruenberg's diary kept during 1917-1918; soldier's pay record book; Gruenberg's dog tags and brass key on a leather thong, as well as one pair of regulation leather leggings; photocopied press cuttings of Gruenberg's obituaries and memorial and funeral record books; National Association of Rainbow Division Veterans memorabilia, veteran-related membership cards; and 7 Victrola records, one of which includes a recording of "Rainbow Division March."

The photographs include a variety of unidentified wartime scenes and servicemen (individual photos) and 2 albums containing wartime snapshots with autograph commentary and/or identification; a group photo of the 42nd (Rainbow) Division, taken in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1927; snapshots of family and friends, as well as scenes from the Chelsea, Oklahoma area; a studio portrait of Gruenberg; and a photo album containing snapshots of family and friends, some with autograph identification.

Also included in the archive is the poster "Victory Medal Now Ready".


  • Creation: 1917 - 1972



This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.


4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

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Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation by the Gruenberg family, September 1991.

Separated Materials

National Rural Letter Carriers' material has been separated and moved to the Oklahoma Collection (2006-012)

Hugo August "Hap" Gruenberg WWI archive, 1917-1972
Milissa Burkart
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
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Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
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